LaDonna K Morris

Assistant Professor

Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Educational leadership, higher education administration, multicultural education, career development, and women's issues.

Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

     B.A. Biological Sciences, Minor in German

     M.S.Ed. Health Education

     M.S.Ed. Educational Psychology

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

     Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Biography

Dr. LaDonna Morris is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Services. She served an administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) from 1996 until 2015, first at the Rosanne R. Hartwell Women's Center until 2013, then at the Career Development Center. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. Prior to FSCJ, she was a therapist and supervisor at St. Johns County Mental Health for seven years.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, a master's degree in Health Education and a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. She is a certified True Colors trainer, a certified True Colors Career trainer, and a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) trainer. 

Awards

Dr. Morris is a recipient of FSCJ's Exceptional Service and Initiative Award as well as the Quality Leadership Award. Her dissertation, Perceptions of a Chilly Climate: Differences in Traditional and Non-traditional Majors for Women, won two awards: the Herbert H. Handley Dissertation Award of the Mid-South Educational Research Association and the Thomas Mulkeen Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation at the University of North Florida. She received the Innovators Exemplary Practice Award of the Career and Professional Employees Commission of the Florida Association of Community Colleges for her Bridging the Digital Divide for Displaced Homemakers Program. As the Principal Investigator for a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to provide after-school technology experiences to high school girls, she received the Florida Association of Community Colleges Equity Commission Exemplary Practice Award for Reach-Out and Access. In 2013, she was selected as the Corporate Leader of the Year by the Women's Business Owners of North Florida. She is a past President of Elizabeth Edgar Hall, Inc., a scholarship foundation for women, and a past President of FSCJ's Chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Morris served as Chair of the Jacksonville Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women for 2012-2013.

Affiliations

National Association for Multicultural Education, American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, AAUW, Phi Kappa Phi Lifetime Member

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Served as Principal Investigator for a $1.5 Million National Science Foundation ITEST Grant: Tri-Regional Information Technology (TRI-IT) Program at FSCJ to provide after-school technology experiences to high school girls.

 

Bridging the Digital Divide for Displaced Homemakers $30,000 Grant from the Women's Giving Alliance to provide computer classes for displaced homemakers.

 

Grants for a variety of programs at the Rosanne R. Hartwell Women's Center at FSCJ for the Challenge Program for Displaced Homemakers, Gender Equity for women and men in non-traditional careers, Reach the Heights for single parents.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Morris, L. (2015). Perceptions of a chilly climate: Differences in traditional and non-traditional majors for
women. Saarbrücken, Deutschland: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-659-76504-9.

 

Morris, L., Austin, L., & Davis, A. (2013). Volume 2, #3, 2013. Sparking girls’ interest in technology: The NSF Tri-IT
project. National Social Science Association Technology Journal, 2(3). Retrieved Nov. 16, 2016 from
http://www.nssa.us/tech_journal/volume_2-3/vol2-3_article6.htm

 

Morris, L., & Daniel, L. (2008) Perceptions of a chilly climate: differences in traditional and non-traditional majorsfor women. Research in Higher Education, 49(3) 256-273.


Morris, L. (2002). The female friendly classroom. Women’s Digest, 12(8), 7-8.


Morris, L. (2002). Building self-esteem in the female teen. Women’s Digest, 12(5), 20-21.


Morris, L. (2002). Take our daughters to work on April 25! Women’s Digest, 12(4), 8-9.


Morris, L. (2002, November). Women in information technology literature review: Recruitment, retention, and
persistence factors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research
Association, Chattanooga, TN.


Morris, L. (2002). Women’s history month 2002: Women sustaining the American spirit. Women’s Digest, 12(3), 24.


Morris, L. (2002). [Review of the book They taught you wrong! Raising cultural consciousness of stereotypes and
misconceptions about American Indians]. Multicultural Perspectives, 4(1), 58.


Morris, L. (2002). [Review of the book Thanksgiving: A native perspective]. Multicultural Perspectives, 4(1), 59.

 

Conference Presentations

Morris, L. (2016, Nov. 12). Administrators of Color in Higher Education Administration: Where Are They? Poster. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference, Cleveland, OH.


Morris, L. (2015, Oct. 3). The State of Diversity: Employment Trends Over the Past 25 Years Poster. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference, New Orleans, LA.


Morris, L. (2012, July 31). T3 Girls! Educational Technology Inspires Girls: The NSF Tri-IT Project Poster. Hawaii University International Conference (HUIC) on Education. Honolulu, HI. 

Morris, L. (2012, April 15). Quantitative Research Results from the NSF Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT) Project for High School Girls. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Morris, L., Davis, A., & Nelson, R. (2012, April 11). Social Networking Sparks Girls’ Interest in Technology: A Retention Strategy. The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.


Morris, L. (2012, April 3). Sparking Girls’ Interest in Technology: The NSF Tri-IT Project. National Social Science and Technology Conference. Las Vegas, NV.


Morris, L. (2012, February 2). The NSF Tri-IT Project for High School Girls: Quantitative Assessment of Interest, 
Skills, and Confidence. Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.


Morris, L., & Smith, G.P. (2011, November 3). Reframing IT So That Girls of Color Can Succeed! Poster. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference, Chicago, IL.


Morris, L., Austin, L., & Staten, T. (2011, April 4). National Science Foundation Project Encourages Girls to Try IT!. The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.


Morris, L., & Austin, L. (2011, March 3). The Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT) Project Summary Poster, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NSF ITEST) Conference, Washington, D.C.


Morris, L., & Smith, G.P. (2010, November 4). Award Winning National Science Foundation Project Encourages Girls of Color to Try IT!. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference, Las Vegas, NV.


Morris, L. (2010, September 28). The National Science Foundation Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT!) Project for High School Girls: First Year Research Results. The Second International Conference on Education Research, New Orleans, LA.


Morris, L., & Austin, L. (2010, February 25). The Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT) Project Summary Poster, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NSF ITEST) Conference, Washington, D.C.


Morris, L. (2009, Nov. 19). The National Science Foundation Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT!) Project.
Presentation to the Equity Commission of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) for
receiving the Exemplary Practice Award for Reach-Out and Access Programs at the FACC Annual
Convention, Orlando, FL.


Morris, L., & Daniel, L. (2009, November 4). The NSF Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT) Research Project: Lessons Learned During Implementation Summary Poster, Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.


Morris, L. (2009, October 29). Girls of Color in Technology: Transforming Curriculum and Assessing Learning Summary Poster, National Association for Multi-Cultural Education (NAME) Conference, Denver, CO.


Morris, L., & Austin, L. (2009, February 26). The Tri-Regional Information Technology (Tri-IT) Project Summary Poster, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NSF ITEST) Conference, Washington, D.C.


Morris, L., & Smith, G.P. (2008, Nov. 13). The Socratic Method: Applications in Multicultural Education in a Digital
Age. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference, New Orleans, LA.


Morris, L. (2007, Nov. 14). Bridging the digital divide for displaced homemakers. Presentation to the Career and
Professional Employees Commission (CPEC) of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) in
the final statewide competition for the Innovators Exemplary Practice Award at the FACC Annual
Convention, Orlando, FL.


Morris, L. (2007, July 12). Bridging the digital divide for displaced homemakers. Presentation to the Career and
Professional Employees Commission (CPEC) of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) in
the initial statewide competition for the Innovators Exemplary Practice Award at the FACC/CPEC
Conference, Daytona Beach, FL.


Morris, L., & Smith, G.P. (2006, Nov. 9). Is the climate really chillier for women and minorities in IT and engineering? Paper presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, Phoenix, AZ.


Morris, L., & Daniel, L. (2006, April 8). Is there a chilly climate for women in IT and engineering majors? Paper
presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.


Morris, L. (2005, March 31). The chilly community college climate. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International
Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL.


Morris, L. (2004, Nov. 18). Perceptions of a chilly climate: Differences in traditional and non-traditional majors for
women. Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.


Morris, L. (2004, March 31). The chilly climate for women: Evidence for and against it. Paper presented at the
Fifteenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL.


Morris, L. (2003, Nov. 6). The chilly climate for women: A literature review. Paper presented at the Mid-South
Educational Research Association Conference, Biloxi, MS.


Morris, L. (2003, April 3). Recruiting and retaining women in IT: Implications for college teaching. Paper presented
at the Fourteenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL.


Morris, L. (2002, Nov. 7). Women in Information Technology: A Literature Review. Paper presented at the Mid-
South Educational Research Association Conference, Chattanooga, TN.


Morris, L. (1998, Aug. 19-20). Substance Abuse 101: An Introduction to Diagnosing and Treating Substance AbuseDisorders. A 3-hour CEU workshop for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social
Workers, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, presented at the Florida Council on Crime and
Delinquency (FCCD) Annual Training Institute, Miami, FL.
 
 

MorrisContact Information

Building 57, Room 3422

(904) 620-5295

ladonna.morris@unf.edu